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We provide high-quality Uganda grapes to the local and export market. We source our Uganda grapes from family growers in the country.
Uganda grapes constitute perhaps the best known wine-making berries in the world. This temperate fruit thrives well in the tropical and equatorial climate of the East African nation. Though the growth of the berries in Uganda is still in its development stage, it is, however, proving a lucrative venture for both the rich and the poor. As a showcase of their current popularity, even Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has a private grape farm which he began in 2016.
The first grapes grew as early as the first human settlements around 6000 B.C., in Asia Minor, or present-day Iran and Iraq. From that date onwards cultivation has accelerated to reach 72 million tons annually. The crop then disseminated to North African countries. Today’s major by-products of the fruit include red and white wines as well as grape juice.
Grapes have a potassium content of 5 percent of the daily value for balancing the electrolyte part of blood. The vitamin B-6 proportion for proper metabolism is 5 percent of the daily value. The vitamin C content for boosting immunity is 6 percent of the daily needs. For energy purposes, eating a grape gives the body 5 percent worth of carbohydrates’ content. Other health benefits of the fruit include curing indigestion, overcoming fatigue, keeping the body toxin-free and giving relief from constipation.
We source at least three varieties of Uganda grapes from family growers’ orchards. These include Vitus vinifera, American cultivars and hybrid cultivars. Most of our sources come from the western parts of Uganda, namely Kanungu, Mbarara and Rukungiri. Farmers in the agricultural zone of Kabale town in Western Uganda also supply us with the V. vinifera variety. We ensure that all the vines grow under Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) before we can source them from our partner farmers.
We harvest grapes under two procedures. The first one, a preserve of berries that will go into winemaking, involves the use of tools to measure sugar brix levels. Our produce agents use refractometers to determine the affinity of the grapes to pick for wine processing. The higher the solid sugar content the better the grapes are for the wineries.
For other table grapes, we determine by appearance the readiness of the berries. Maturity indicators include the saturation of deep, uniform shade on the entire fruit. For most types, a flush of yellow with hints of green is an indicator of mature fruits ready for harvesting. For wine-making however, this color may be misleading, and when not using refractometers, we give the yellowish grapes at least one more week to accumulate more sugar.
We pick Uganda grapes by hand means. Each worker snaps off the vine just a few inches from where it meets the cluster of berries and then slices the entire load with pruners. We then put the clusters with care into the hydro-cooled containers. We then take them to the packinghouse for washing.
We wash grapes in one water pass which removes dirt, field debris and other contaminants. We then rinse the fruits to remove any wax that the fruits usually release during their post-harvest respiration. The release of wax is why they need proper ventilation, which we consider when packing.
Packing grapes are nondescript but the use of lugs and two-pound slit bags are popular standards. Our lugs are essentially wooden or plastic boxes that can contain more fruit count than the slit bags. Our third packing unit is a 1.13 liter-sized plastic container. Like the slit bag, it comes with vents to allow air circulation.
We store Uganda grapes within their packing crates at once after all post-harvest processes are over. We preserve them at -1 to 0° Celsius to keep them from immature ripening. We also maintain high humid conditions of between 90 and 95 percent RH. This combination can lend them a longer shelf life in comparison with similar fruits. We then transport the fruits under the same conditions using environmentally controlled trucks to the airport in Entebbe.
Therefore, the time is now to get in touch with the best providers of Uganda grapes for making wine and juice at home. Because we source our fruit cargo from designate organic-farming orchards in Western Uganda, you can be assured that they have no trace of foreign residual. They grow with no sprays and under natural compost. Besides, we offer any quantity that suits your needs. Our prices will not break the bank as they are some of the lowest in the regional market. Get an order going today!
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